In order to participate on one of the Sierra Club’s outings, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to the outing, please see http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ or call 415-977-5630.

In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them.  Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

The Outing Committee has worked to find better ways to reach out to interested people regarding scheduled Outings or last-minute ones.  We now have a Meetup Group site; to join, first register with http://Meetup.com and then join our Group (http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/) to get the latest info on Outings and other events.  The Miami Group website (http://miami.ohiosierraclub.org/outings-list/) also has more up-to-date outings info than the Happenings newsletter.

INCLEMENT WEATHER may cancel an Outing. Be sure to check with a leader before heading out to an Outing if you question the weather.

Note: Following each outing description is a “level-of-difficulty” rating: easy to 4-strenuous. This indicates roughly how difficult an outing is likely to be. If in doubt about your skills or endurance, explore plans with the trip leader first. 

July

Tues. July 1; Go Paddling on the Little Miami River 3-4. Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Come join us on the Scenic Little Miami River. This outing is for recent kayak school students or more experienced paddlers. You will need your own equipment including a PFD and helmet; your boat must be registered in Ohio if you reside in Ohio. Contact: Marian Fischer 513-831-3923 or fischnote@fuse.net to register or ask questions. Lynn Frock & Linda Fahrenholtz are Co-leaders. For more information on our schools go to www.CincinnatiKayaks.org.

Wed. July 2; Touring Kayak – East Fork Lake 3-4. Time: 5:30PM. We will explore the western side of the lake. This evening paddle will travel through the western basin and the arms of this large lake. View migrating birds. Bring snacks & water. A thermos of hot tea is still a good idea. Wind and/or boat generated waves may be encountered. Cold water paddling skills (recovery) and suitable spring gear are mandatory. Co-leads: Lynn Frock 513-321-3187 & Linda Fahrenholtz 513-410-8424. Lynn.Frock@cincic.com.

Wed. July 2; Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A casual 20-mile bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 9:00 AM. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance.  Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker.

Thurs. – Sun. July 3 – 6; Let’s Go Out of Town 1-2.  It’s a long weekend and it offers opportunity to get away to far flung places such as the Land-Between-The-Lakes, KY or Cuyahoga Valley National Park, between Akron and Cleveland, OH.  Both offer biking, camping and other opportunities for educational and different types of outdoor activity.  Elizabeth Durrell is looking for input to decide the location but leaning towards the north as a likely cooler location.  Check the locations out online and send your interest to Elizabeth at ejdurrell@mac.com.

Sun. July 6; Bike the Little Miami Bike Trail from Newtown to Loveland and Back 1-2. We will meet up at 10:00 AM at the Little Miami Golf Center Parking Lot located in Newton and bike from there to Loveland and back. Total distance is about 30 miles round trip. Casual, moderate pace with plenty of time to stop and look around Loveland Center and maybe have a snack there. Also, there will be time allowed to stop off of the side of the bike trail if participants are interested. Requirements:  MUST wear a helmet; other items recommended are water, snacks, a biking mirror, bike lights, a light rain jacket in case of any change in weather, sun glasses, bike pump, bike tube, and maybe a saddle bag. Main Leader:  Evan Denenberg. Note: Golf Center is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker.

Mon. July 7; Inning.  Pizza Party at 6:30 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM to 8:55PM.  At the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road in Evendale. We are planning a pizza party at this Inning, so the Innings will begin earlier at 6:30 PM. Our presentation will be; Scott Goebel: Coal Powered–Mountain Top Removal–Devastation and Biological Effects.

Wed. July 9; Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A casual 20-mile bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 9:00 AM. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker.

Thurs. July 10; Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Path 1-2. Help maintain the right of way of the bike path. We will work beginning at 5:30 PM for a couple of hours. Meet at Avoca Park. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 for details or sign up on the meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Thurs. July 10; Day Hike 1-2. Meet at a Frisch’s at 8:00 AM for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 9:00 AM. We plan to be off the trail by Noon. Please be prepared for hot, humid weather.  High temps and humidity may cancel this hike. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike, then send around an e-mail with the details.  If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Donna Loughry at dloughry@fuse.net.

Fri. July 11; Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. An easy-to-moderate hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 9:00 AM; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.

Sat. July 12; Bike the Roads near Rabbit Hash, Ky. 2-3. We will bike for about 35 miles which includes a long uphill and a beautiful downhill. Bring a lunch and helmets are required. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 for details or sign up on the meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Sun. July 13; Day Hike at Ft. Ancient, off of Rt. 350, north on I-71 in the Lebanon area.  A visit to this scenic and historical site offers an opportunity for good hiking and indoor educational opportunities (and to allow cooling off if necessary).  Google Ft. Ancient for interesting information about the site and come explore with Elizabeth Durrell.  Contact 513-481-1926 or ejdurrell@mac.com for details.

Tues. July 15; Go Paddling on the Little Miami River 3-4. Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  Come join us on the Scenic Little Miami River. This outing is for recent kayak school students or more experienced paddlers. You will need your own equipment including a PFD and helmet; your boat must be registered in Ohio if you reside in Ohio. Contact: Marian Fischer 513-831-3923 or fischnote@fuse.net to register or ask questions. Lynn Frock & Linda Fahrenholtz are Co-leaders. For more information on our schools go to www.CincinnatiKayaks.org.

Wed. July 16; Touring Kayak – East Fork Lake 3-4. Time: 5:30 PM. We will continue to explore the western side of the lake. This evening paddle will explore some of the coves in the western basin and the arms of this large lake. View migrating birds. Bring snacks & water. A thermos of hot tea is still a good idea. Wind and/or boat generated waves may be encountered. Cold water paddling skills (recovery) and suitable spring gear are mandatory. Co-leads: Lynn Frock 513-321-3187, Lynn.Frock@cincic.com, & Linda Fahrenholtz 513-410-8424.

Mon. July 21; Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Path 1-2. Help maintain the right of way of the bike path. We will work beginning at 5:30 PM for a couple of hours. Meet at Avoca Park. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 for details or sign up on the meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Sun. July 20; Bike the Roads of Preble County 2-3. We will bike for about 35 miles which includes some hills. Bring a lunch and helmets are required. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 for details or sign up on the meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Thurs. July 24; Day Hike 1-2.  Meet at a Frisch’s at 8:00 AM for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 9:00 AM. We plan to be off the trail by Noon. Please be prepared for hot, humid weather.  High temps and humidity may cancel this hike. This will be our last hike until September.  We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike, then send around an e-mail with the details.  If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Donna Loughry at dloughry@fuse.net.

Sun. July 27; Dayton Picnic.  Calling all Dayton, Miami Group members. Often Sierra Club activities are too far away for you to attend.  But not this one!  Sierra Club members around Dayton will be coming together on Sunday, July 27, at one of the Metro Parks.  Arrive around noon with a picnic lunch.  Meet other members who live in your area.  Share what you’d like to be able to do with the Sierra Club in Dayton – activities, gatherings, events, conservation issues, and political concerns.  To find the Metro Park location, directions, and other information, contact:  Scott Bushbaum, 937-212-8540,carlspackler_bench@yahoo.com or Karl Leibfacher, 937-620-8044, karlleibfacher@hotmail.com.

Tues. July 29; Go Paddling on the Little Miami River 3-4. Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  Come join us on the Scenic Little Miami River. This outing is for recent kayak school students or more experienced paddlers. You will need your own equipment including a PFD and helmet; your boat must be registered in Ohio if you reside in Ohio. Contact: Marian Fischer 513-831-3923 or fischnote@fuse.net to register or ask questions. Lynn Frock & Linda Fahrenholtz are Co-leaders. For more information on our schools go to www.CincinnatiKayaks.org.

Wed. July 30; Touring Kayak – East Fork Lake 3-4. Time: 5:30 PM. We will continue to explore the western side of the lake. This evening paddle will travel through the western basin and the arms of this large lake. View migrating birds. Bring snacks & water. A thermos of hot tea is still a good idea. Wind and/or boat generated waves may be encountered. Cold water paddling skills (recovery) and suitable spring gear are mandatory. Co-leads: Lynn Frock 513-321-3187, Lynn.Frock@cincic.com. & Linda Fahrenholtz 513-410-8424.

Wed. July 30; Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A casual 20-mile bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 9:00 AM. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker.

August

Wed. July 30; Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A casual 20-mile bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 9:00 AM. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker.

Fri. Aug. 1; Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. An easy-to-moderate hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 9:00 AM; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.

Tues. Aug. 5; Stand Up Paddleboarding – Eastfork Lake 1-2. Time: 6:00 PM. Calling all paddleboarders! This meet up is for anyone interested in paddleboarding. Bring your own board or rent one. We’ll meet every other Tuesday for a casual group paddle at various protected locations in the area. Starting in June, we will have paddleboards and gear available to rent. If you rent a paddleboard, a Sierra Club Paddleboard class or equivalent experience is necessary to attend. Our schools are located at www.CincinnatiKayaks.org. PFD and helmet are required. Co-Lead Instructors: Linda Fahrenholtz, 513-410-8424, linfahr@juno.com & Amy Dingle, 937-567-4540, Amy.dingle@metroparks.org.

Wed. Aug. 6; Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2.  A casual 20-mile bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 9:00 AM. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 sticker.

Sun. Aug. 10; Miami Group Annual Picnic.  Held at Izaak Walton League Lodge in Loveland, OH. Gather around 4:00 PM, Potluck Picnic at 5:00 PM.  Come earlier to hike, bike, paddle, etc. End the day with live music.   See August Inning, front page, for details.

Sun. Aug. 10; Paddle from South Lebanon to Loveland Canoe Livery.  Meet at Izaak Walton League Lodge, 544 Branch Hill Loveland Rd., Loveland, OH 45140 at 10:00AM. Reserve a craft at Loveland Canoe Livery if needed.  Life jacket required + snacks and water. We will arrive back at the Izaak Walton League Lodge in time for the Miami Group Annual Picnic.  Contact Sandy Woods at 513-731-9808 to RSVP and for more details.

Tues. Aug. 12; Go Paddling on the Little Miami River 3-4. Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  Come join us on the Scenic Little Miami River. This outing is for recent kayak school students or more experienced paddlers. You will need your own equipment including a PFD and helmet; your boat must be registered in Ohio if you reside in Ohio. Contact: Marian Fischer 513-831-3923 or fischnote@fuse.net to register or ask questions. Lynn Frock & Linda Fahrenholtz are Co-leaders. For more information on our schools go to www.CincinnatiKayaks.org.

Wed. Aug. 13; Touring Kayak – East Fork Lake 3-4. Time: 5:30 PM. We will continue to explore the western side of the lake. This evening paddle will travel through the western basin and the arms of this large lake. View migrating birds. Bring snacks & water. A thermos of hot tea is still a good idea. Wind and/or boat generated waves may be encountered. Cold water paddling skills (recovery) and suitable spring gear are mandatory. Co-leads: Lynn Frock 513-321-3187, Lynn.Frock@cincic.com. & Linda Fahrenholtz 513-410-8424.

Tues. Aug. 19; Stand Up Paddleboarding – Eastfork Lake 1-2. Time: 6:00 PM. Calling all paddleboarders! This meet up is for anyone interested in paddleboarding. Bring your own board or rent one. We’ll meet every other Tuesday for a casual group paddle at various protected locations in the area. Starting in June, we will have paddleboards and gear available to rent. If you rent a paddleboard, a Sierra Club Paddleboard class or equivalent experience is necessary to attend. Our schools are located at www.CincinnatiKayaks.org. PFD and a helmet are required. Co-Lead Instructors: Linda Fahrenholtz, 513-410-8424, linfahr@juno.com & Amy Dingle, 937-567-4540, Amy.dingle@metroparks.org.

Wed. Aug. 20; Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A casual 20-mile bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 9:00 AM. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker.

Fri. Aug. 22; Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. An easy-to-moderate hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 9:00 AM; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.

Tues. Aug. 26; Go Paddling on the Little Miami River 3-4. Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  Come join us on the Scenic Little Miami River. This outing is for recent kayak school students or more experienced paddlers. You will need your own equipment including a PFD and helmet; your boat must be registered in Ohio if you reside in Ohio. Contact: Marian Fischer 513-831-3923 or fischnote@fuse.net to register or ask questions. Lynn Frock & Linda Fahrenholtz are Co-leaders. For more information on our schools go to www.CincinnatiKayaks.org.

Wed Aug. 27; Touring Kayak – East Fork Lake 3-4. Time: 5:30 PM. We will continue to explore the western side of the lake. This evening paddle will travel through the western basin and the arms of this large lake. View migrating birds. Bring snacks & water. A thermos of hot tea is still a good idea. Wind and/or boat generated waves may be encountered. Cold water paddling skills (recovery) and suitable spring gear are mandatory. Co-leads: Lynn Frock 513-321-3187, Lynn.Frock@cincic.com & Linda Fahrenholtz 513-410-8424.

Wed. Aug. 27; Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A casual 20-mile bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 9:00 AM. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker.

Fri. Aug. 29; Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. An easy-to-moderate hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 9:00 AM; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.